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Published:July 12th, 2009 15:03 EST

Outrage: Gay Men Arrested For Innocent Kiss On The Cheek

By Robert Paul Reyes


"A gay couple say they were detained by security guards on a plaza owned by the Mormon church and later cited by police, claiming it stemmed from a kiss on the cheek.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that the men became argumentative and refused to leave after being asked to stop their `inappropriate behavior.` The men say they were targeted because they are gay."

Americans are outraged when we read about the religious police in Iran or Saudi Arabia arresting couples for daring to hold hands in public. We shake our heads, and exclaim: Thank goodness that couldn`t happen in our democracy.

But in the good old USA a gay couple was arrested and handcuffed, because one of the men chastely kissed his partner on the cheek.

There is nothing inappropriate about a kiss on the cheek -- certainly a church should be encouraging people to show more affection.

The Mormon Church was a huge financial backer of the proposition that banned same-sex marriage in California. It should come as no surprise that employees of this homophobic religious institution freak out at the sight of gay men kissing.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints claims that the men became argumentative after being asked to stop their "inappropriate behavior". I daresay that any heterosexual couple would have been just as incensed if a rent-a-cop accused them of "inappropriate behavior" after innocently smooching on the cheek.

We should always be vigilant lest churches grab too much power, and we end up enslaved to religion like the people in Iran and Saudi Arabia.